Why Visit Revelstoke During Winter?

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If you’ve never felt hugged as you pulled into a town, then you haven’t been to Revelstoke. The surrounding mountains snuggle a tiny town that snow globes everywhere are modelled after: a train chugging, its steam puffing and swirling up past snow-dusted tree tops, bundled up families drinking steaming hot chocolate and skiers and snowboarders laughing their way down soft, pillowy slopes of fluffy snow. So why else (besides the hugs) should you visit during winter?

Friends talk each other into skiing a line at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Agathe Bernard

Friends talk each other into skiing a line at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo: Agathe Bernard

The Snow

First and foremost, if you are any sort of winter sports enthusiast—one that enjoys powder skiing or snowboarding in particular—Revelstoke is your spot. The weather science behind the shape of the valley and the pressure of the mountains may inexplicable to/by an amateur (like myself), but simply put, the snow starts falling here in December and it just doesn’t really stop. Yet what makes this snow special is its texture: the temperatures are cold and the air is dry, which creates a petri dish for the light, fluffy, billowy powder that dreams are made of.

Local photographer Bruno Long gets in front of the lens in Revelstoke, BC. Photo: Chris Rubens

Local photographer Bruno Long gets in front of the lens in Revelstoke, BC. Photo: Chris Rubens

The Terrain

Not only does this light, beautiful snow fall abundantly, it falls on really, really fun terrain at Revelstoke Mountain Resort—terrain that makes you better. If you ask any skier or snowboarder that moved to Revelstoke to pursue sliding around on snow, they’ll tell you one thing, “I thought I was pretty good until I moved here; turns out I was terrible. A few years later I kind of know how to ski.” From steep couloirs to mellow rollers, fall-line bumps and fluffy pillows, gladed trees and wide open bowls, you’re guaranteed to ski really fun terrain, and you’re guaranteed to get better at doing so—even just after a few days. Riding the chairlift can often feel like you are watching a ski movie as everyone that flies underneath is practically pro.**

**That’s a Revelstoke inside joke, you’ll get it once you visit (or move here).

Scoping lines in the Revelstoke backcountry. Photo: Leah Evans

Scoping lines in the Revelstoke backcountry. Photo: Leah Evans

The People

The greatest thing about small towns is the community, and Revelstoke is not wanting of an amazing one. A collective of loggers and dam workers, entrepreneurs, mountain professionals, artists, musicians and passionate foodies, Revelstoke is full of vibrant characters; characters who want the people that visit Revelstoke—whether seasonally or long-term—to jump in and engage with the magic of this place. The deeper you get in, the more you learn how deep it runs.

Skookum Ski shop in downtown Revelstoke. Photo: Skookum

Skookum Ski shop in downtown Revelstoke. Photo: Skookum

The Food & Nightlife

When it comes to dining and nightlife choices in small towns, it seems as if you have jumped in a time travel machine and been transported back fifty years in most places. This is not the case in Revelstoke. The town is rife with passionate chefs (the only kind of chef) and cafes offer artisan coffees and homemade goodies, while restaurants serve anything from relaxed pub food to plates that have things that are stacked on top of each other with accessories of things like pea shoots (as a general rule, when food is stacked on a plate, you know that it is going to be delicious). Wednesday nights in Revelstoke are a new level of fun: it’s wings night all around town, open mics and music, people spilling out onto the streets, their breath suspended in the air and their boots crunching in the snow as they laugh in the cold.

Skiers traverse in the Revelstoke backcountry. Photo: Leah Evans

Skiers traverse in the Revelstoke backcountry. Photo: Leah Evans

The Backcountry Access

If you enjoy being in the backcountry on skis or snowboard, or you are looking to learn more and gain more experience, then Revelstoke can offer you the space to do so. There’s access to some of the wildest, most incredible backcountry skiing and split boarding in Roger’s Pass, off of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and in the mountains of the valley that surrounds the town: Begbie, MacPherson, Boulder, just to name a few. You can ski tour, split-board and/or sled in some of the fluffiest, deepest, most beautiful scenes you could possibly imagine. When you get off the hill, grab a locally brewed Mt. Begbie beer—it’s a fitting end to a day in this snow globe.

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Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. Photo: Parks Canada